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Czech MoD criticised over industry security clearances

13 July 2018

The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) is facing criticism from local defence companies and elements of the indigenous legal community over recent decisions made by former defence minister Karla Slechtova to decline to sign defence contracts with certain Czech defence companies.

The grounds for these decisions was reportedly that their security clearances were in the process of being reviewed by the National Security Office (NBU), leading to fears that companies could face discrimination against them and instead favour potential foreign suppliers.

“The Ministry of Defence always insists that a potential supplier have a valid security clearance – where applicable – during the outset of any contractual negotiations.

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